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Google Now-Like Notifications Spotted in Chromium, Could Be Headed to Chrome in the Future?

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Just recently, Chromium, which is an open source developer-friendly web browser from Google, was updated for Windows. Inside the update is a brand new notification center that brings Google Now-like cards and results right to your desktop. Above is a snapshot of what the notifications look like and behind that is apparently code for users to even create their own cards. 

Features that are built into Chromium are usually tested out for periods of time and then sometimes find their way into an official Chrome release. This could be the beginnings of Google tying in their Android and Chrome ecosystems, which might explain that giant chrome Android statue we saw yesterday. This is of course, is purely speculation for now.

I for one, would love to see some Google Now action on my desktop. What say you?

Via: The Next Web

  • teleclimber

    Chrome has had notifications for a long time now. These just look a bit different. I don’t think this has anything to do with Goog Now directly.

    Having said that I fully expect “Now” to make it to Chrome.

    • anezarati

      yeah, i get GTalk notifications all the time if i have gmail open in a different tab.

    • Well like a month back code was added to the dev builds of chrome to set up for support of google now, so this is not news to me.

  • S.Ober

    I just noticed in my chrome when I type weather it gives me a card like on my phone.

  • azndan4

    I hate pop ups. I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one. It would be better if they did it like it is in android where it is integrated into the upper “notification” bar.

  • Andy Foard

    And maybe this is their replacement for iGoogle since that will be phased out in November.

  • coolsilver

    Works for me. I think a Google Now dashboard would kinda be nice. Able to manage Sports teams from desktop and synced with your phone. Google Alerts like Weather Watches and Warnings popping notifications to take cover when a tornado may be near.

    • michael arazan

      You can do most of this with iGoogle on your desktop chrome browser if you set it up to what you like, does everything but the google cards.

      • coolsilver

        iGoogle is set to be discontinued. Maybe Google Now is a replacement.

        “iGoogle will be retired on November 1, 2013. The mobile version was retired on July 31, 2012.

        How did you come to this decision?
        We originally launched iGoogle in 2005 before anyone could fully imagine the ways that today’s web and mobile apps would put personalized, real-time information at your fingertips. With modern apps that run on platforms like Chrome and Android, the need for something like iGoogle has eroded over time, so we’ll be winding down iGoogle on November 1, 2013, giving you a full 16 months from the announcement to adjust or easily export your iGoogle data.”


        • michael arazan